Your First Semester: Adjusting From Community College to University

Congratulations! You made it to the four-year level! Whether you actually received your Associates’ or you just attended only one semester or year at community college, you now need to adjust to attending a university. Here are some tips to adjust from community college to a four-year university.

Research Everything Beforehand

To prevent embarrassing transfer moments, become an expert on everything. Learning the university’s lingo will make it easier to understand everybody and easier to find your way around campus. Researching professors and classes will help prevent the dreaded first semester slog that plagues transfer students everywhere. Researching the surrounding area will help you become a pro at public transportation and make it easier to build a social life because you’re more aware of what students do for fun.

Learn to Budget Money

Budgeting money is a must if you’re living on your own. Chances are you’re transferring to a college that’s not in a convenient distance of your parents. This not only means you have more expenses, you also have more freedom which is easy to take too much advantage of. By budgeting money, you’ll learn how to save money on housing and furniture. You’ll also save money on food and other activities that you may engage in.

Find Your Support System

This one might seem a little needy but I promise, if you do it right, it’s not. First, if you know anyone transferring to the same school, friend or acquaintance, see if you can live together. Living with someone you know will reduce the feeling of being a fish out of water and will give you chance to get to know them better. This also applies to people you know who already attend that school. If they have a free room, you can ask if you can move in. You don’t need to cling to anybody or try to be “besties” but doing this and contacting them to ask for advice or about life at that school will further ease you in.

Put Yourself Out There

Not to beat a dead horse but joining extracurricular activities is extremely important. This is a surefire way of meeting people with similar interests and hobbies. Also, joining these clubs and attending on-campus events will give you a sense of familiarity with some people and help break the ice.

Take Your University Classes Seriously

It’s almost guaranteed that your new school will have higher standards than your community college. This is not a knock towards community colleges. They’re inherently easier because they act as a stepping stone to a four-year for many students, who include people who couldn’t get into a four-year out of high school and people who haven’t be in school for years. Keeping this in mind, you need to study more and prepare more for classes than you did in community college.

The transition from community college to university is not a seamless transition. However, you can make it easier by following these tips.